In the mid 18th century, a charismatic rabbi named Israel Ba’al Shem Tov and his disciples transformed the spiritual landscape of Eastern European Jewry with a teaching of simple joy, enthusiasm and love of God and fellow human beings.
Their followers were known as Hasidim, usually translated as “pious ones”, but better understood as “enthusiasts”, or perhaps “devotees”. Many of the teachings and tales of the Hasidic masters are timeless, and are especially accessible to modern seekers. We modern Jewish seekers, in fact, have been characterized as “Neo-Hasidic”, as we seek the enthusiasm and insights of Hasidism without necessarily adopting all of the strictures of traditional Jewish practice. In this workshop we will study a variety of inspiring and challenging Hasidic teachings that will help us progress on our spiritual paths.
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